New Delhi: SDMC Mayor Sunita Kangra on Friday criticized Delhi government for not releasing funds to the civic body to control vector borne diseases.They stated that SDMC demanded Rs 49 crore for this purpose whereas Rs 34.60 crore has been allocated but it is a matter of great concern that only Rs 2.15 crore has been released. They added that number of cases of dengue and malaria are feared to go up during the raining season. Delhi government must take a liberal view in releasing funds to SDMC keeping in view the health of the residents. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe Leaders said that an amount of Rs 2.75 crore is required to release monthly salary of 1,175 DBC and 734 field workers. SDMC is going to release salary of one month with great difficulty by releasing amount from its internal sources as only Rs 2.15 crore has yet been released by Delhi government. Standing Committee Chairperson Bhupender Gupta said that it is becoming difficult to arrange medicines and fogging to mitigate the effect of vector borne diseases this year. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe case of these diseases had been too less during last three years whereas the number may go northwards in the present circumstances of financial crunch. The main reason is the dug up roads as per instructions of Delhi Govt. The dug up places have not been filled and are becoming cause of mosquito breeding. The LoH Kamaljeet Sehrawat stated that the present stock of medicines is going to suffice for only two- three months. In case the funds are not released it will become impossible to purchase medicines. The present stock is going to suffice during ordinary circumstances. In case the number of patients goes up, it will last soon. During rainy season, the flooded request of fogging would not be possible to meet. SDMC demanded Rs 53 crore under public health head whereas Delhi government has not released even a single penny for this purpose.
Brock President Jack Lightstone has struck a presidential task force to conduct a program review of all administrative and academic programs, units and services at the University.The exercise is intended to put Brock on the road to long-term sustainability by ensuring that its programs and services align with its stated mission and strategic priorities while addressing Brock’s financial condition, Lightstone said.In a letter to the Brock community, Lightstone wrote there is a sense of urgency for the review, as Brock’s projected operating budget for 2013-14 has a deficit of more than $7 million. He said the review will help ensure that the University’s key areas are prioritized, and resources are strategically allocated.“Many will ask, why this? Why now?” Lightstone wrote. “Over the past decade, Brock has experienced exponential growth in enrolment, program expansion and services. We need to take the time to reassess the institution from end to end, to identify where we need to further invest in and expand, where we need to stay the course and where we need to cease our activities or engage in major redesign.“Like most Canadian universities, Brock faces difficult challenges in the months and years ahead, given the cumulative impact of the competitive climate in the PSE sector, the economic downturn, shifting government policy, funding restraint and reduction, and last but not least, the University’s current fiscal condition.“The only way to mitigate the impact of these forces, while realizing our mission and priorities, is to address them head-on, because no plans or strategies will avail if an institution is not also on a secure financial footing or on a path to such security.”The process begins immediately, with the task force establishing criteria to be used in the review. The criteria will reflect priorities stated in the University’s Strategic Mandate Agreement submission and its Integrated Strategic Plan.The task force is led by Murray Knuttila (Provost and VP, Academic) and Brian Hutchings (VP, Finance and Administration). Also on the Task Force are (in alphabetical order):Tom Arkell (Associate VP, University Services);Barb Davis (Registrar);Jory Korobanik (President, GSA);James Mandigo (Professor of Kinesiology and Associate Dean, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences);Jane McLeod (Associate Professor of History);Cooper Millard (President, BUSU);Bozidar Mitrovic (Professor of Physics);Susan Sydor (Chair of Senate and Associate Dean, Faculty of Education); andMary-Louise Vanderlee (Associate Professor of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in the Faculty of Education).When criteria have been approved, a task force working group will conduct consultations with Faculties, departments, programs, administrative units and services across the University.Lightstone has asked political science Prof. David Siegel, who specializes in public policy and administration, to lead the working group. It will also include (in alphabetical order):Grant Armstrong (Director, Organizational Development);Bryan Boles (Associate VP, Finance);Kevin Cavanagh (Director, Communications);Christine Clark Lafleur (Chief Administrative Director);Audrey Fehlow (Director, Application Development);Greg Finn (Vice Provost and Associate VP, Academic);Darren Harper (Associate VP, Human Resources);Carrie Kelly (Manager, Office of Research Services); andJuan Xu (Director, Institutional Analysis and Planning).In October the working group will present collated results to the task force, whose members will review the findings and recommend initiatives for action. Their recommendations will go to the president and senior administration, who will present them to the Senate and the Board of Trustees early in 2014.Brock is the latest of several Canadian universities to initiate program reviews in the face of financial pressures. Similar programs are underway at Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier, Regina and Vancouver Island University.“Brock, like many publicly funded institutions, is facing increased cost pressures and declining resources,” said Knuttila. “Our commitment in the Integrated Strategic Plan to stewardship and accountability requires that we take some actions to address the situation.”Lightstone said the review is a departure from past measures of balancing the budget through across-the-board cutbacks on all programs.“That approach has taken us as far as we can go with it,” said Lightstone, “but if we continue to use this as our primary cost-cutting tool, we will reach the point where we have starved all of our programs, and none will be supported at the level they need in order to maintain their excellence.“We must find solutions that protect and even grow Brock’s strengths and put the University on a sound and sustainable footing.”A program review website has been set up to provide updates throughout the process. In the coming days, the website will be expanded to accept comments or inquiries, and to list frequently asked questions.